Ten-Second Takeaway

At Kahkashan Lucknow Chikan Palace, that’s located on Ebrahim Sahib Street, you can browse through a wide selection of ethnic wear that showcases handmade Lucknowi Chikan work.

In Stitches

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Ok we know, we don’t have a Lajpat Nagar here to find endless options for ethnic wear in the city. So when we find a shop that specialises in selling kurtas and sarees embroidered with the elegant Lucknowi style chikan work, we had to check it out. Hop over to Ebrahim Street {near the Masjid area} and you’ll spot Kahkashan Lucknow Chikan Palace has been around for some time and they are the number one choice for shoppers looking to own a piece of chikan work.

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Most of the collection is for women. You can pick up sarees, kurtas, dupattas, and salwar sets in cottons, georgettes, and chiffons. We recommend that your stick with the cottons since they look the prettiest and have the most exquisite and detailed work. The sarees and the kurtas come is a range of pastel colours and are worth the price you shell out. The price starts at around INR 850 for kurtas and over 1,000 for the sarees. The dupattas start at around INR 1,500 and before you gasp, you should know that they have splendid work on them. So, if you want to dress up a plain kurta, this is the way to go.

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If you don’t have the budget for these, don’t worry, you needn’t walk away empty handed. They also have machine-made chikan work that costs a whole lot less. Also, the store has a strict ‘no bargain’ policy but you could expect some discount if you buy a few pieces.

Kut For Kurtas

The store also plenty for the men too. They have simple cotton kurtas with delicate work. If you’d like something more dressy, for a wedding perhaps, they’ll show you jazzier versions. Again, while you can’t expect throwaway prices {they begin at around INR 950} these are definitely better priced than other stores in the area. Kiddies too can get suited up in a salwar set or a tiny kurta here.

Photos: Abheet Anand/LBB